This article addresses two Anatolian Hieroglyphic (AH) signs of writing that are attested as determinatives of words belonging to the realm of bread baking. One of these signs, *291, is only attested twice, once as a determinative, and once as a phonetic sign with the value /li/. As a determinative, the sign *291 still awaits elucidation.1 The second sign of writing, *402, has been long known as a semantogram, SCUTELLA, in- terpreted as a tray or platter, with a phonetic value /sa/, understood to derive acrophoni- cally from the depiction of a seal. It will be argued in the following that the traditional interpretation of this sign’s semantographic value is incompatible with its phonetic value, and a re-interpretation will be offered which integrates both sign values. To provide added background to the proposed new reading, a cultural practice related to bread baking will be discussed.

Bread Matters: Of Loaves and Stamps

Annick Payne
2017-01-01

Abstract

This article addresses two Anatolian Hieroglyphic (AH) signs of writing that are attested as determinatives of words belonging to the realm of bread baking. One of these signs, *291, is only attested twice, once as a determinative, and once as a phonetic sign with the value /li/. As a determinative, the sign *291 still awaits elucidation.1 The second sign of writing, *402, has been long known as a semantogram, SCUTELLA, in- terpreted as a tray or platter, with a phonetic value /sa/, understood to derive acrophoni- cally from the depiction of a seal. It will be argued in the following that the traditional interpretation of this sign’s semantographic value is incompatible with its phonetic value, and a re-interpretation will be offered which integrates both sign values. To provide added background to the proposed new reading, a cultural practice related to bread baking will be discussed.
2017
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